It was ok, which is what a 2 star rating is supposed to mean. I would not have finished this book if I didn't like it at all! It was actually pretty g...moreIt was ok, which is what a 2 star rating is supposed to mean. I would not have finished this book if I didn't like it at all! It was actually pretty good, to a point (the last 20 pages or so). I could have dealt with a little less of the depression but, with the length of it, felt like the ending and return to good vibes was rushed. If we're going to be in the deepest of awful funks returning to good should take more. I mean, people do cope in different ways but, in my opinion, an actual conversation with the cause would have had to occur before the deepest of dark funks went away. Also, the whole conflict that led to the funk in the first place seems odd to me. I'd think these people would know each other better and be more perceptive of one another and.. things. I wasn't a huge fan of the protective, hovering man routine, either. Especially when followed by the funk causing incident.
I'm being cryptic because I really don't want to commit any spoiler activities. I got this book for free off of Amazon and it was written by a friend's friend. It is part of a trilogy so the story isn't done. There is or will be more to read! It occurs to me that this book reminded me strongly of My Name Is Memory, which I read last March. Anyone who may have read both is going to see the similarities. There's nothing wrong with the stories being similar but I think my appreciation for this book was lessened by my prior experience with the other book.(less)
So. It took me over a month to read this. You'd think that would end in a negative review but it won't. This book was written like a Tarantino movie:...moreSo. It took me over a month to read this. You'd think that would end in a negative review but it won't. This book was written like a Tarantino movie: the middle of the story is presented and hints given about the beginning as the story progresses. The beginning, for each character of note, only given at the very end, after the character's own conflict had been resolved. It was all well written, except in the case of Szeth (comments on this given in my first status updates). The pacing was good. I don't remember being bored except for at the point of my first update--it should be noted that the point I was updating at was an ACTION scene. Still, it was a very long book and if you expect things to remain constantly exciting, for things to resolve quickly, it may not be for you. Upon brief reflection, all the main characters in the story seem to hate/dislike themselves or at least doubt themselves with extremely critical harshness. That should be a downer but it wasn't for me. It made them seem more realistic. All things considered, I look forward to the next book in the series.(less)
I always hesitate a little when I'm trying to decide if I should read a book when a reviewer says "it was a delight." A delight? Something or someone...moreI always hesitate a little when I'm trying to decide if I should read a book when a reviewer says "it was a delight." A delight? Something or someone that gives great pleasure, satisfaction, or happiness? That's a pretty hefty bill. Had I ever read a book that deserved this description? I definitely have now.
Howl's Moving Castle exceeded all of my expectations. It was enjoyable, quickly paced, and well written. It isn't very long so even if you somehow don't enjoy it you will not be not enjoying it for very long.
The story itself isn't terribly deep and certainly is not difficult to follow. There are no great moral issues to overcome. The only real internal struggle is fairly obvious from the beginning. It does contain an interesting take on self image and will--you are what you believe you are--and how wrong and critical people can be about themselves. Overall, this is a light, airy book that should leave you smiling when you finish it.
I have watched the anime more than once and found myself comparing events and characters between the two. Neither, somehow, came up lacking. It is one of my all time favorite anime movies and now one of my favorite books.(less)